People at Chittagong Railway Station

“Like any other railway stations of Bangladesh, Chittagong Railway Station is not only a place for stopping & starting trains but also a shelter for a homeless people, marketplace for hawkers and even for some peoples a place for taking drugs and crime. This rail station is country’s second busiest railway station as Chittagong is the second largest city of the country and also the most important commercial hub. In this busy station some people find their shelter and livelihood.
Here people sleep near the railway line, even in the busy platform of the station. Some people has built slum around the rail line as their shelter. But people living in the station and around the station lead a miserable life. Most of them don’t know what to eat during next day, what to wear during cold season as they are living under the poverty line.

© Kazi Riasat Alve, from the series

© Kazi Riasat Alve, from the series “People at Chittagong Railway Station” / Many homeless people basically roam railway station to station for begging and other means of livelihood. They travel on the train without tickets. It was just before the departure of the train these people gathered on the train for moving to another station.

© Kazi Riasat Alve, from the series

© Kazi Riasat Alve, from the series “People at Chittagong Railway Station” / These young boys were taking Marijuana at the station premises. Some drug dealers also use them for trafficking drug and these boys work for the dealers to manage money for their addiction.

In this ongoing project I tried to portray the life that these people lead. I tried to focus on the roaming people around the station, most of them have no home, most of the roaming children have no parents or their parents do not take care of them and these children lead a very reckless childhood. These children are getting addicted to lethal drugs and within a very early stage of life get involved in crimes to manage money for drugs. Many drug dealers even use these children for trafficking drugs as well.

 

© Kazi Riasat Alve, from the series

© Kazi Riasat Alve, from the series “People at Chittagong Railway Station” / A local railway worker of Chittagong Railway Station (Bangladesh) was burning down garbages collected from the station premises without using any safety measure like mask, which could be very dangerous for his health.

© Kazi Riasat Alve, from the series

© Kazi Riasat Alve, from the series “People at Chittagong Railway Station” / A family living in the temporary slum near the station. Here the old man was passing time with his grandchildren. He could not educate his sons properly because of poverty but he dreams to educate his grandchildren.

© Kazi Riasat Alve, from the series

© Kazi Riasat Alve, from the series “People at Chittagong Railway Station” / A homeless boy at Chittagong Railway Station was having bath under the shower which are actually used for the cleaning rail bogies.. The water supply suddenly stopped before he could have a bath properly.

Beside these people the working people of the station have struggling life. Many railway workers, laborer do not have a better working condition. My project has covered them as well them as well.”

 

© Kazi Riasat Alve, from the series

© Kazi Riasat Alve, from the series “People at Chittagong Railway Station” / A a homeless destitute child was near railway lines at Chittagong Railway Station during a cold winter morning.

 

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